Boxing Day Test: Wind blowing against Rishabh Pant & T Natarajan for IND vs AUS 2nd Test

AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test: Despite looking out of sorts at Adelaide, Prithvi Shaw could still retain his spot in case India decides to go with just four bowlers, along with Shubman Gill at No 4 spot for the upcoming Test, kick begins on December 26 at MCG.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 24, 2020 17:01 IST
Boxing Day Test: Wind blowing against Rishabh Pant & T Natarajan for IND vs AUS 2nd Test
KL Rahul is likely to open for India in Boxing Day Test

AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test: Team India's shambolic display in the second innings in Adelaide Test, there is plenty of noise around KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, and Ravindra Jadeja. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and head coach Ravi Shastri have to deal with several questions concerning what their best playing XI for the Boxing Day Test (IND vs AUS 2nd Test). It is a tough ask for Team India will certainly missing the services of regular captain Virat Kohli, who has headed back to India on paternity leave. Paceman Mohammed Shami is out of the series with his broken arm.

Team India had the first training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday, three days after suffering that humble defeat in the opening Test vs Australia in Adelaide. The Indian cricket team collapse leaving them at crossroads, few spots are under consideration leading up to the second Test, kick begins on December 26.

"May be KL Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw as an opener," feels former legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar. Another former Indian cricket team star opener, Gautam Gambhir feels KL Rahul should bat at no. 4th spot. Some other cricket greats urged stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane to pick Rahul and Gill for the Melbourne Test. 

Melbourne Cricket Ground has offered a little bit of slow-moving surface recently, so the visitors will be heading for the next game against Australia with four bowlers in their playing XI. Ravindra Jadeja is likely to be included in the Indian team XI, Hanuma Vihari at No 6. and young Shubman Gill then would take pathetic Prithvi Shaw's place at the top-order.

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Meanwhile, a lot of questions marks surrounding the inclusion of Rishabh Pant. The left-hander has been India's preferred option in overseas Tests, against the Aussies. Pant played a blitz 73-ball hundred in the practice match against Australia A. As far as a replacement for pacer Mohammad Shami, Tamil Nadu rookie pacer T Natarajan seems to be the front-runner ahead of Mohammad Siraj, and Navdeep Saini.

Boxing Day History (India vs Australia)

India has played eight Boxing Day Test vs Australia. India was a part of this historic Test match in 1985, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2018. The Australian team defeated India on five occasions. India last defeated Australia by 137 runs in a match played in 2018-19 under Kohli's captaincy.